CORPORATE METRICS | PROFITS ARE A STRONG PREDICTOR OF COMPANY HEALTH

Management | Metrics
Corporations and analysts turn to scores of metrics—return on assets, working capital and others—to determine a company’s financial health. Another, the ratio of debt to internal funds, is one of the most widely used benchmarks. But a new study suggests that the debt-to-funds ratio isn’t all that accurate in predicting or explaining default risk.

RATING AGENCIES: S&P SETTLEMENT UNLIKELY TO BRING ANY CHANGE FOR CORPORATE ISSUERS

RATING AGENCIES: S&P SETTLEMENT UNLIKELY TO BRING ANY CHANGE FOR CORPORATE ISSUERS

Trends | Credit Ratings
More than six years after the housing market crashed—dragging the world economy and stock markets down with it—Standard & Poor’s settled in early February with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its alleged part in triggering the meltdown. The price was relatively cheap, as these things go: $1.4 billion with no admission of wrongdoing.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING FIGHTER CHAIRS KEY VATICAN UNIT

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING FIGHTER CHAIRS KEY VATICAN UNIT

Vatican | Newsmakers
René Brülhart, known as the “James Bond of the financial world” for his high-profile role in cases such as the return of assets from Saddam Hussein to post-war Iraq and the uncovering of the Siemens bribery scandal, has become chairman of the Vatican’s anti-money-laundering unit.